Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Karnataka Polls 2018: What happens in case of a hung assembly?

Karnataka Polls 2018: What happens in case of a hung assembly?

However, Deve Gowda JD (S) or Janta Dal (S) is to watch out for.

Badami is one of the two constituencies where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has contested in the Karnataka elections.

Earlier this year, for example, the Meghalaya governor invited a coalition of the BJP and other parties to form the government even though the Congress Party was the largest in terms of MLAs.

On Sunday, BS Yeddyurappa said he could give in writing that BJP would win a clear majority of seats in Karnataka.

They have been at it since May 12 when Karnataka went to the polls.

ABP C-Voter exit poll has predicted 101-113 seats for the BJP, claiming that the saffron party is likely to reach the "magic figure" of 113 seats. It has given 73-82 seats to Congress, 32-43 seats to JD (S) and 2-3 seats to others.

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Election in Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar was postponed to May 28 due to seizure of voter ID cards and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat due to the death of BJP candidate and MLA B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4.

The Congress had won 122 seats and the BJP 40 seats in the last Karnataka Assembly election in 2013. Till the time a majority is achieved and a party is ready to come to power, the state is under President's rule.

Karnataka has voted and now we await the results.

Recent reports, however, suggest that Congress has approached JD (S) for a post-poll alliance, in the event of a hung assembly. Some have said the Congress, led by its chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah, will emerge as the single largest party, while some have given the single largest party tag to the BJP.

Out of the 222 seats, 80-90 are expected to go to the BJP, while anywhere from 35-50 are expected to go to the JD (S).

The party's current leadership, drawn from Western India - outside its traditional North/Central Indian base, has been keen to diversify into South and East India.

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